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March 29, 2017 12:56 PM
In Response to Stealth matching names

Speaking of Esther, there's a bunch of star names: Esther, Astrid, Stella, Estelle, Starla


March 29, 2017 07:34 AM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Ingrid (Love love love! It's old but beautiful, and I love Ingrid Bergman), Frida (Don't love that it's only one letter away from Friday, but I like Frida Kahlo a lot and I think Frida is just a beautiful name) Polly (see above)

Like: Lavender (I'd like it more if it had a cute nickname), Elektra (see above), Gabriella (I like Gabrielle better, but it's pretty.)

Lose: Harlow (time to sub), Blythe (still sounds too much like blight to me, and we don't use the word "blithe" enough toc make it seem sweet in the same way Joy does.), Eudora (oddly enough for someone who loves Eunice and Dora as guilty pleasures I'm just not into this one. Not awful though.)

New List: Ingrid, Frida, Polly, Lavender, Elektra, Gabriella, Rosa, Shay, Muse

March 28, 2017 02:24 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Jade (see above), Polly (I love this name, shame that an actual girl with this name would constantly be accosted with "Polly wanna cracker?". I could see using this as a nickname for Paula/Paulette/Paulina though.), Harlow (see above)

Like: Elektra (It's definitely fun, which isn't something I usually say about names. It's so badass that it takes someone much braver than I to use it for a kid. On a dog though? Definitely.), Kira (not my favorite spelling, but it's simple and sweet.), Blythe (see above)

Lose: Claudia and Virginia (Still love, but time to sub), Eilonwy (I hated the Prydain books as a kid.)

New List: Jade, Polly, Harlow, Elektra, Kira, Blythe, Gabriella, Lavender, Eastyn

March 28, 2017 01:28 PM
In Response to Stealth matching names

Brittany and Lorraine have always a pair I'm disappointed doesn't work better as a sister pair, them both being regions of France.

Along with Diana and Artemis, Selene (along with derivatives Selena/Selina/Celine), Luna, Phoebe, and Cynthia are also ephitets of the same goddess.

There's a lot of state capitals that are also names: Montgomery, Phoenix, Denver, Augusta, Helena, Paul (St. Paul MN) Lincoln, Carson (Carson City NV) Trenton, Columbia, Pierre, Austin, Olympia, Madison, Cheyenne. Likewise Georgia, Virginia, Dakota, and Carolina are the most commonly given state's names.

March 27, 2017 08:03 AM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Robin (One of few names I like perfectly equally for boys and girls. I just love this one. It's also strange because I don't usually like bird names, but this one is fabulous.), Asher (see above), Patrick (This is actually more of a "like", I just feel like I've never met a Patrick I've liked.)

Like: Hugh (I'm thinking a little boy would think having "hug" in his name would make him sissyish or a momma's boy. Admittedly, I think Hugh is the sissiest name of all time. I also just realized Hugh is one letter away from high, which I don't like at all.), Cliff (just okay), Marino (I guess it's kind of interesting. I'd say it would be a good way to honor familial Marios without giving your kid a name too associated with the video game character.)

Lose: Arthur (time to sub, plus I'm honestly just not a fan. I hate Art and Artie, so there aren't any good nicknames.), Yannick (Don't much care for the -ick ending.), Quentin (I just don't much care for Q names.)

New List: Robin, Asher, Patrick, Hugh, Cliff, Marino, Lloyd, Sander, Bruno

March 24, 2017 08:55 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

 Aw, I'm sorry if I was mean about your name! Admittedly, as far as tryndie names go, Devyn isn't that bad (although given that I've heard "Caitlin" with an 8 in it, the bar is not particularly high). I actually discreetly lost my own name after one round ages ago.

As for Thess, I've heard it as "Tess" short for Theresa (Teresa->Tess, Theresa->Thess)

Love: Virginia (Hey sis!) Claudia (see above), Jade (I've been meaning to add this one for ages! While I'm not a fan of the jaded association, I think Jade is a gorgeous stone and a beautiful name. While I'd say I wouldn't use it for my kid since it's a little too popular right now, I would definitely give thsi to a dog or cat.)

Like: Harlow (see above), Blythe (I'd say it's the English language's fault, not the name, that blythe is pronounced the same as blight. I can appreciate how old fashioned Blythe is though.), Aimee (see above)

Lose: Augustine (actually, I've known a couple of men named Augustine, so this name leans really masculine to me. Love Augusta though.), Simone (time to sub), Coral (I think it's just because I'm not a huge fan of the color coral. It also sounds like corral like Golden Corral, which I don't love. I like Cora though, albiet it's overused).

New List: Claudia, Virginia, Jade, Harlow, Blythe, Aimee, Steph, Randi, Elektra

March 24, 2017 08:36 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Ian (see above), Asher (See my thoughts on Ash for the most part. This might be my antidote for my guilty pleasure of Ashley for a boy.), Colt (It has a charm. Very cowboyish, albeit on the nose cowboyish. It's definitely very kiddish though, because a colt is a juvenile male horse.)

Like: Hugh (see above. As far as posh British-y names go though, it's not awful.), Arthur (see above), Quentin (I would probably think this was more stuffy posh British if it weren't for the fact that the only Quentin I can think of in real life is Quentin Tarantino who, like Humphrey Bogart above, is so far from my image of the name I can't quite put Quentin on the same level as something like Cedric.)

Lose: Elliott (still love, but time to sub), Calvin (I like the nickname Cal, but I'd rather get there from Caleb.), Otis (sounds like an old, mean, farmer to me. Fine for a dog, but not a person.)

New List: Ian, Asher, Colt, Hugh, Arthur, Quentin, Cliff, Patrick, Sheldon

March 24, 2017 08:13 AM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Lawrence (see above), Elliott (see above), Ian (see above)

Like: Hugh (I'm not sure how many little boys would appreciate having a name so similar to hug, but it's okay.), Percy (A little too British for my taste, but it definitely beats the even stuffier Percival), Arthur (Again a little British, and I've never been big into the King Arthur stories, but it's not bad.)

Lose: Diego (It's got a cool sound, but one of the rules I stick long and hard to is to avoid names that are used in modern young children (Think TV-Y) TV shows as those will eventually get a lot of teasing once the chldren out grow the shows and turn on them with a passionate hatred. Unless Go Diego Go goes off the air soon, this isn't a name I would even have on the table.), Cedric (Yuck. That was the first word that came through my head. Yuck. It doesn't have a good sound to it at all.), Magnus (A little too on the nose heroic. It seems like a big name for a little guy. Can't picture a guy with a 9-5 office job named Magnus, and I hate to break it to you but your kid's not going to become a superhero when he grows up. Also sounds like Magma.)

New List: Lawrence, Elliott, Ian, Hugh, Percy, Arthur, Quentin, Colt, Damien

March 24, 2017 08:10 AM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Claudia (guilty pleasure name to the max. Not sure if I like Claudia, Claudine, or Claudette best though.), Virginia (Hey, it's my sister's name! One of few family names in my family I actually like. I also think it's an interesting way to name your daughter after Queen Elizabeth I without having to use the fairly generic Elizabeth (because the state of Virginia was named after her title "The Virgin Queen". Plus it has a lot of good nicknames. I like Ginny and Ginger, but it's kind of a bummer that Gina is kind of its own name now. I like Gina a lot too. It's also probably one of the only state names that doesn't sound trashy (The others being of course Georgia and Carolina, but admittedly Dakota's growing on me.)), Simone (see above)

Like: Harlow (Worried it's a little too similar to Harlot though. I like Jean Harlow a lot, but I'm worried that she's not a huge enough cultural figure since she lived so long ago. The average Joe on the street could tell you who Marilyn Monroe is, but would he know who Jean Harlow was? I'm worried the only people who would know who she was unless they were fans of old movies or Madonna's Vogue.), Ariadne (Guilty pleasure. It's just got such a cool sound to it.), Aimee (Even though I usually dislike names that end in -ee, I like Aimee. It's both a guilty pleasure and an out of character name for me.)

Lose: Madelief (Was this a typo? If it wasn't, I must say it really looks like a typo.), Ramona (see above), Maura (time to sub)

New List: Claudia, Aimee, Simone, Virginia, Harlow, Ariadne, Thess, Coral, Godiva

March 23, 2017 09:19 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Maura (see above), Simone (I feel like I couldn't use this though because I'm not black though. Definitely pretty.), Mackenzie (Not so much this spelling because I LOATHE the nickname "Mack" for a little girl with a flaming passion, but Mackenzie as a whole name is cute.)

Like: Shelby (The only Shelby I ever have known in real life I hated.), Leighton (Meh.), Ramona (Never much cared for the Ramona books as a kid, and that's all I can think of.)

Lose: Hannah (still like, but time to sub), Devyn (Way too tryndie kreativ.), Gianna (Still probably my least favorite John feminine)

New List: Maura, Simone, Mackenzie, Shelby, Leighton, Ramona, Claudia, Aimee, Harlow

March 23, 2017 09:11 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Lawrence (I like this spelling better than Laurence because I don't think a boy would like to have Lauren in his name), Ian (A rare Scottish name that I like. I really like boys' names that start with I, so this one's a natural favorite), Jonas (I hope that the Jonas Brothers aren't going to be a big influence on this name anymore, I hope that it becomes more usable with them out of the picture. I really like this name, way better than Jonah, which I think it's impossible to disassociate from whales.)

Like: Humphrey (kind of old man-ish, but Humphrey Bogart is so cool), Elliott (See above), Diego (I wouldn't give this to a kid as long as Go Diego Go is still on the air (100% certainty of teasing there), but it's cool.)

Lose: Bennett (Still love it but time to sub), Leon (It's not my thing.), Marcel (Same.)

New List: Lawrence, Ian, Jonas, Humphrey, Elliott, Diego, Michael, Arthur, Percy

March 23, 2017 01:14 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Maura (I usually don't go for really Irish names (in fact, they're some of my least favorites) but I rather like Maura. I think I like Mara better, but Maura is really pretty.) Heather (See above), Hannah (see above. It's biblical without seeming evangelical, trendy, or stodgy, which is rare for Biblical names.)

Like: Gianna (While I like Jean, Jane, Joan, and Giovanna a lot better, I guess this is pretty. A little pretentious, but pretty.), Dorothea (A little mouthy, and I like Dorothy better, but it's pretty.) Lili (It feels Frenchy but in a cute way. I like it.)

Lose: Ruby (While I can see why it caught on, it's just way, way, way too popular. I'm sick of it.), Hadley (Too masculine. It crosses the line for me from being cute-and-tomboyish to downright giving your daughter a man's name. It's like a little girl named Jacob to me. It also sounds way too much like hardly to me.), Amalia (I'm worried this name might get really popular soon, the second we all tire of Amelia. That said, I think we still have a few (say 5-8) good years of seeing Amelia at the top. It's pretty new.)

New List: Maura, Heather, Hannah, Gianna, Dorothea, Lili, Mackenzie, Leighton, Shelby


Update 3/23: Where did everybody go? Was it something I said? Should I take back what I said about Evie?

March 22, 2017 08:29 AM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Bennett (See above), Matthew (see above) Elliott (I just really like double T's. Sue me. This is also by a huge margin my favorite spelling - Eliot seems a little too short and with Elliot or Eliott your kid's going to have to say "Elliot with two L's but one T" or vice versa, and that seems like a lot of work to me. I despise Elliott on a girl though. I'm really hoping this stays a cute and strong boy's name and doesn't become another trashy girl's name.)

Like: Marcel (I'm just kind of indifferent to Marcel. It's not good, it's not bad.), Lawrence (This would be a love if I could, I've always kind of loved it in a guilty pleasure kind of way. It's just a nice name, although Larry is a little comical.), Leon (Not crazy about Leo- names, but it's fine.)

Lose: Joseph (time to sub, plus I've always thought it was a little boring. I've never met a Joseph I've liked.), Kester (Sounds like fester to me. Uncle Fester, anyone? And it also sounds like ke-tchup and rhymes with jester, and if you like Kestrel just name your kid Kestrel. I think they'd prefer to just be named after a bird than something that sounds like ke-tchup+fester. Kester is pretty much a disaster of a name. Even a dog with this name would be ashamed to show his face in the park.), Gerald (Seems a little stodgy. I like the nickname Jerry, but I'd rather get there through Gerard or Jerome.)

New List: Bennett, Matthew, Elliott, Marcel, Lawrence, Leon, Dante, Cecil, Humphrey

Side note: Why on earth do the letters E-T-C trigger the spam filter?

March 20, 2017 01:00 PM

Say: Oh, how cute and classic!

Think: Is it pronounced Lew-iss or Lew-ee? I know this spelling is usually Lew-iss but I don't want to accidentally say the wrong pronunciation to the parents! That would be embarassing.

Next Name: Rosabelle (g)

March 20, 2017 10:26 AM

Keep: Ruby Faith

Switch: Robin Bianca

Change First: Angelica Mary

Change Middle: Helena Imogen

Initials: Elaine Lucinda

March 20, 2017 06:53 AM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Harry, Gordon, Warren, Joseph, Carl, Coby, Bennett, Wyatt, Matthew

Love: Bennett (I usually don't love names that sound super surname-y , but I love Bennett! It's weird because I don't much care for Benjamin and pretty much all the other Ben names, but I adore Bennett. It's sounds cute and preppy but not in a stuck-up or jerkish way.), Wyatt (Another surname-y first name that I actually really like. It's way against my style, but I think it's fresh and spunky.), Matthew (It's a name that was really popular in my age group, but I still really like it. Pretty much every Matthew I've known has been really nice. Also, I think I just like boys' names with double T's in them.)

Like: Coby (It sounds a little kidish and made-up. By the way, this wasn't a typo from Colby, it's another name I've heard), Joseph (see above), Harry (As a kid, I always thought Harry Potter had an old man's name and that always bugged me. I know it's perinneally popular in the UK, but here in the States where I'm from pretty much no one under the age of fifty is named Harry.)

Lose: Gordon (Time to sub out), Carl (kind of old man-ish to me (maybe because of Up?). It also kind of sounds like Coral (Thinking of the Honest Trailer for The Walking Dead where they point out that every time that they call out for Carl it sounds like Coral.)), Warren (Just not liking it anymore.)

New List: Bennett, Wyatt, Matthew, Coby, Joseph, Harry, Ned, Achilles, Leon

March 19, 2017 07:26 PM

Keep: Bianca Eden - It has a nice ring to it.

Switch: Faith Ruby - Because Faith is a little less common than Ruby right now.

Change First: Helena Quinn - Never been a huge fan of Sophia, and "Sophia Quinn" just sounds way too datestamped to right now.

Change Middle: Jane Marissa - Kamdyn sounds way too tryndie.

Initials: Elisa Lorraine - Evelyn's a little too popular and Lux sounds a little too "fake posh" like Bentley or Chanel.

March 19, 2017 08:24 AM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Gordon (I don't think I would use it, but I still really like it.), Reuben (Always been soemthing of a guilty pleasure name. It's an old school biblical name, but it doesn't sound too religious or too 19th century.) Warren (It kind of sounds like warrant to me, but I used to really love this name.)

Like: Joseph (a little too pedestrian. Wouldn't use it because I have about five Josephs in my family already.), Timothy (I hate Timmy, because every Timmy I've ever known has been a wild-child who screams all the time. And because Tim is really, really, really boring, I don't think I would use this one.) Carl (It's fine.)

Lose: Victor (Still like it, but time to sub out), Wilbur (Too associated with the pig from Charlotte's Web. Wouldn't want my kid associated with a pig, even if it comes from a great book.), Ferdinand (as I said, it's got a charm, but it's not my favorite.)

New List: Gordon, Reuben, Warren, Joseph, Timothy, Carl, Coby, Derrick, Harry

March 19, 2017 08:22 AM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Heather (It's always been something of a guilty pleasure name of mine. I know it's really dated, but I think it's gorgeous. It's a non-floral botanical, which I usually think are kind of pretentious sounding, but Heather feels breezy and lovely.), Annalise (I wouldn't use it on my own kid, because it's really popular, but it's so flowy and pretty.) Hannah (I'm in a Hannah pocket with a lot of baby Hannahs, but it's such a pretty classic and yet not stuffy name.)

Like: Amalia (It's a fun take on the overused Amelia.), Ruby (Pretty but overused.) Bianca (Pretty, and I agree with Emily that I appreciate that it doesn't sound like other names, but I've been leaning towards Blanca and Blanche lately as far as "white" names go since they're both pretty and underused.)

Lose: Evie (I'm so sorry, but I loathe this name. It sounds too much like evil, and I just really dislike names that only have  only one vowel sound in them, especially the awful sounding long E. I think I'm also turned off by the fact that it sounds like two letters back to back (E-V). There's a lot of teasing potential for this name - "Evil Evie" when she's a kid and then "Easy Evie" when she's a teen. Evelyn's got grace, please just use that.), Daria (It's just a little meh. Plus the only Daria in real life I've ever known was a total freak. That said, I'm not sure if the cartoon would be a problem for little Darias because it's been off the air for so long and I don't see too many reruns of it.), Isolde (not a big fan of super operatic names. It's pretty but kind of pretentious. That said, I could see it working as a replacement for the overused Isabella.)

New List: Heather, Annalise, Hannah, Amalia, Ruby, Bianca, Lili, Kimball, Dorothea

March 15, 2017 03:08 PM

May vs Mae: I actually really like both spellings, but if I had to choose I'd go with Mae. While I like May, I'm a little put off by the word "may".

Holly vs Hollie: Hollie is cute, but I like Holly a lot better.

Cecelia vs Cecilia: Going to go with Cecelia, because I like that it has Celia in it. Cecilia looks like a more acurrate feminine form of Cecil though.

Maia vs Maya vs Mya: I'm increasingly leaning toward Maia right now, but I like Maya too. Mya seems more like Mia than Maya to me.

Madison vs Maddison: I've never liked that Madison has the word mad in it, but I think that the two D spelling compounds it, so I like Madison better.

Abbey vs Abby: Abby, because an abbey is where monks live.

Catherine vs Katherine vs Kathryn vs Katharine: I like all of them, but right now I'm leaning towards Catherine.

Rebekah vs Rebecca: I've been liking Rebekah a lot lately, and I do want to say that's the way the biblical figure spelled it, but Rebecca is nice too.

Elizabeth vs Elisabeth: I like Elizabeth a lot better because the S spelling cuts off all the Liz nicknames (and because no one uses Lisa as short for Elisabeth anymore.)

Lauren vs Loren: Lauren, I don't like the word "lore" in Loren.

Tegan vs Teaghan: Tegan because it's simpler.

Caitlin vs Caitlyn vs Katelyn (or the 187 spellings that have been used - my personal favourite must be CVIIIlin)

Jane vs Jayne: Jayne isn't bad, but Jane is a classic.

Caleb vs Kaleb: Caleb, Kaleb looks like Caleb with a Komedy K. It just looks silly.

Aiden vs Aydan: How about neither>

Isaak vs isaac: I know Isaak has a history, but I like Isaac a lot better.

Markus vs Marcus: I think it just has something to do with the area I live in now that's making me dislike K's. Going with Marcus.